Wed, Nov 14, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Taipei approves its first urban renewal project application

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The Taipei City Government is serious about implementing urban renewal plans, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said as the city government passed its first urban renewal plan yesterday.

Taipei began promoting the Urban Renewal Project in 2010, aiming to ameliorate a lack of living essentials, increase public assets and modernize equipment in aging communities and its buildings.

According to the latest data from the city’s urban renewal division, there have been 51 applications for urban renewal under the project, with an estimate of more than 3,600 people being helped to move into new homes.

The announcement of a plan to replace a batch of old four-to-five-story apartments with a 23-story building, allowing former residents of the old apartments to exchange their houses for new ones of the same size, came after a city council meeting yesterday.

Hau said that the approval of the project would not only help improve people’s living conditions, it also showed that the city government was serious about implementing the policy.

The approved project is near the Nangang Software Park and other important developing areas, and Hau said that the approval would not only bring new life to the area around it, it would also make residents more confident in participating in urban renewal efforts, Hau said.

The city government said the new development would take up 2,800 ping (9,240m2). Construction is scheduled to commence in 2015 and be finished in 2018.

The renewal project would offer living quarters for 430 persons, as opposed to the 127 people now living in the area, and after the project’s completion the area will have 1,300 ping of pathways, the city government said.

It added that there would also be 122 homes of adequate size — ranging from 18 to 30 ping — at the site.

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